Post by catking on Nov 2, 2018 13:09:00 GMT
There are five Tory councillors in South now (3 in Pilkington Park, 1 in Sedgley, 1 in Radcliffe North). 3 of them might be considered likely applicants for Bury South (if the boundaries don't go through) but as I've said elsewhere, it will be interesting to see what happens to the Tory operation in Bury South now that Largan has been selected elsewhere. He appeared to be the driving force behind the local campaigning ever since the general election.
My guess is now that James Daly has been selected, the Tories will revert to type in Bury and just focus on Bury North. But the better prospects for local council gains are definitely in the South with the Tories in retreat in Elton and Ramsbottom.
From the count, it was clear that the Tories were shocked about losing Bury North by as much as they did and Nuttall looked totally shocked when he lost by such a big margin. But to be fair to them, I think they always knew Bury South was a big ask. The Tory performance there was actually very respectable considering what happened nationally and in other metropolitan seats.